Partners in Christian Mission

Pastors and Familes Muster | Sept 28 - Oct 1

Post-Pandemic Church

Being and Doing Church in a Changed World

The context of our September Muster is of course the COVID-19 restrictions, and their effect on our churches. We cannot ignore it nor should we. It is a once-in-a-lifetime event, changing the course of human history.

Are the restrictions on gatherings an interruption or a disruption? What does it mean for our churches short-term, and what might it mean long-term? At this year's Muster we will explore something of the implications to both our theology and our practice.

Our annual themes for the past couple of years have centred around Hebrews 11:8-10, were Abraham at the call of God, "obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going." It describes quite aptly our moment.

There is a very real sense that we don't know where we are going. Yet, like Abraham we know what we are looking for. It is a "city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God."

The forced suspension of our Sunday-morning-building-bound event has raised questions about the nature and mission of the church, and our place within it as pastors and leaders. As we emerge from our restrictions, how can these questions and our learnings lead us into new places.

Given our cultural moment our format will be a little different to previous years. Rather someone coming in from outside, we will workshop specific topics facilitated by one of our own.

I hope that together as humble, authentic, transparent disciples, we might seek God and the Kingdom and so spur each other on to love and good deeds.

Our Sessions could include:

  • Is the 'good news' good news? | Being gospel-centred communities that connect with younger generations
  • Eco-theology | Being good ancestors
  • Restorative Justice | Being witnesses to the God of love
  • Family as mission | COVID-19 restrictions and the rediscovery of family life

I trust you will join us across these four days as we journey with God together.

We look forward to you and your family being with us at Camp Clayton, 41 Clayton Rd Ulverstone, from Monday September 28, beginning with our evening meal and concluding on Thursday October 1 with lunch.

Stephen Baxter
Tasmanian Baptists Mission Director

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